Thornton Township High School

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Thornton Township High School
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Thornton Township High School
15001 S. Broadway

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60426

Coordinates 41°37′05″N87°38′36″W / 41.6181°N 87.6434°W / 41.6181; -87.6434
Information
School type Public high school
Opened1899
School district Thornton Twp. HS 205
SuperintendentNathaniel Cunningham Jr. [1]
PrincipalTony Ratliff [2]
Assistant PrincipalWanda Russell
Teaching staff137 (on a FTE basis) [3]
Grades9–12
Enrollment1,793 (2020-21) [3]
Student to teacher ratio12.69 [3]
CampusSuburban
Color(s) Purple   and White   [4]
Athletics conference Southland Athletic Conference
MascotWildcat
Nickname Wildcats
Rival Bloom Township High School Kankakee High School
NewspaperPaw Prints
Communities servedHarvey, South Holland, Phoenix, Riverdale, Dixmoor, Markham, Blue Island [4]
Website School website

Thornton Township High School, often simply referred to as Thornton is a public high school founded in 1899, located in Harvey, one of the south suburbs of the city of Chicago, Illinois, USA. The school is one of three administered by Thornton Township High Schools District 205. It is occasionally confused with the two other similarly named schools in the district, Thornridge High School and Thornwood High School.

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2019-2020 Thornton Varsity basketball team

A predominantly African American and Latino high school, Thornton is perhaps best known for its many alumni who have been successful in both the performing arts and athletics. [5]

History

The site for Thornton Township High School was decided by a special election on May 28, 1898, where Harvey was selected over Dolton by a 1,504 to 1,123 vote, with the estimate of the school's cost being $40,000. [6] Oscar L. Murray was the architect of the building whose cost by October 1898 was $35,000, and was planned that included physical and biological laboratories, a library, gymnasium, a 280-seat assembly room, bicycle and lunch rooms. [7]

By May 1899, the plans had been firmed up to include a two-story structure with basement, with an interior to be finished in red oak. Heat would be provided by steam, with electric fans and an automated clock and signal system. The main floor assembly room was expanded to seat 700. Construction was set to begin in June, with completion in October. [8] The original building was located at 154th Street and Columbia Avenue. [9]

In 1913, Thornton was one of nine schools, and the only south suburban school, invited to found what became the Suburban League, which mostly consisted of schools like Thornton which had formerly been members of the Cook County High School League. [10]

In 1928, 16-year-old Betty Robinson (between her junior and senior years at the school) not only won the very first Olympic gold medal awarded to a woman in the 100 meters (at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam), but set a world record which stood for four years. [11]

During World War II, like many high schools, Thornton made changes to accommodate the war effort. Evening classes for adults started in 1942 to begin training people for necessary war jobs. [12] By 1943, the school was open for 87 hours each week, and had been converted almost exclusively to wartime training. [13]

Additions were made to the building in 1912 (costing $140,000), 1927 ($345,000) and 1937 ($300,000). [14] [15] A third floor was added in 1948. [16] In 1949, a new physical education facility was added, including a natatorium, wrestling rooms, locker facilities and class rooms for health classes, in addition to two gymnasia, one of which could seat 3,500 for basketball games. [17] [18] The new gymnasium was dedicated in April 1950. [19]

Athletics

Thornton's sports teams, which are referred to as the Wildcats, compete in the Southland Athletic Conference, though for many years competed in the now defunct South Inter-Conference Association (SICA). The teams also compete in state championship series sponsored by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). The school colors are purple and white.

The school sponsors interscholastic athletic teams for boys and girls in basketball, soccer, track and field and cross country. Boys may also compete in baseball, American football, swimming and diving and wrestling. Girls may compete in cheerleading, softball and volleyball.

The following athletic teams have won their respective IHSA sponsored state tournament: [20]

Boys' basketball season-by-season record

SeasonClassTitlesPlaceWonLostTiedCoach/Win Percentage
1916-17DQ
1920-211110Rall Grigsby
Coach Total11101 yr   .524
1921-2240Harold Iddings
1922-2324Harold Iddings
1923-24213Harold Iddings
1924-25105Harold Iddings
1925-26D99Harold Iddings
1926-2748Harold Iddings
1927-28115Harold Iddings
1928-2975Harold Iddings
Coach Total39598 yrs   .398
1929-30D159Jack Lipe
1930-3196Jack Lipe
1931-3289Jack Lipe
1932-33DSQ1st243Jack Lipe
1933-34DSQ2nd352Jack Lipe
1934-35DSQ2nd285Jack Lipe
1935-36D912Jack Lipe
1936-37164Jack Lipe
1937-38126Jack Lipe
1938-39R144Jack Lipe
1939-40109Jack Lipe
1940-41162Jack Lipe
1941-42244Jack Lipe
1942-43166Jack Lipe
1943-44151Jack Lipe
1944-4579Jack Lipe
1945-46616Jack Lipe
1946-47413Jack Lipe
Coach Total26812018 yrs   .691
1947-48RSQ168Tom Nesbit
1948-49129Tom Nesbit
1949-50189Tom Nesbit
1950-51R225Tom Nesbit
1951-52RSQ254Tom Nesbit
1952-53179Tom Nesbit
1953-54RSQ257Tom Nesbit
1954-55R217Tom Nesbit
1955-561312Tom Nesbit
1956-57R197Tom Nesbit
Coach Total1887710 yr   .709
1957-58R226Bill Purden
1958-59RS273Bill Purden
1959-601413Bill Purden
1960-61RSUQ2nd273Bill Purden
1961-62RS198Bill Purden
1962-63159Bill Purden
1963-64R179Bill Purden
1964-65RSUQ4th283Bill Purden
Coach Total169548 yr   .758
1965-66RSUQ1st312Bob Anderson
1966-671510Bob Anderson
1967-68R253Bob Anderson
1968-69RS254Bob Anderson
Coach Total96194 yr   .835
1969-70R215Tom Hanrahan
1970-711013Tom Hanrahan
1971-72AAR207Tom Hanrahan
1972-73AAR1312Tom Hanrahan
1973-741410Tom Hanrahan
1974-75206Tom Hanrahan
1975-76178Tom Hanrahan
1976-77AAR245Tom Hanrahan
1977-78AAR272Tom Hanrahan
1978-79AAR208Tom Hanrahan
Coach Total1867610 yrs   .710
1979-801413Horace Howard
1980-811213Horace Howard
1981-82AAR208Horace Howard
Coach Total46343 yrs  .575
1982-83AARSUQ3rd303Sam Cameli
1983-84AARSUQ274Sam Cameli
1984-85AAR199Sam Cameli
1985-861115Sam Cameli
1986-87AAR217Sam Cameli
1987-88AAR226Sam Cameli
1988-89216Sam Cameli
1989-90234Sam Cameli
1990-91AAR208Sam Cameli
1991-921214Sam Cameli
1992-93AARS282Sam Cameli
1993-94169Sam Cameli
Coach Total2508712 yrs   .742
1994-95AARSUQ2nd302Rocky Hill
1995-96AARSUQ2nd311Rocky Hill
1996-97AARSUQ3rd321Rocky Hill
1997-98AAR1612Rocky Hill
1998-99AAR226Rocky Hill
1999-00AAR216Rocky Hill
2000-01519Rocky Hill
2001-021011Rocky Hill
2002-03AAR1513Rocky Hill
Coach Total182719 yrs   .719
2003-04AARS229Troy Jackson
2004-05AARSUQ293Troy Jackson
2005-06AAR208Troy Jackson
2006-07AARSUQ256Troy Jackson
2007-084AR217Troy Jackson
2008-094ARSUQ3rd302Troy Jackson
2009-104AR226Troy Jackson
2010-114AR263Troy Jackson
2011-124AR1316Troy Jackson
2012-131614Troy Jackson
2013-14206Troy Jackson
2014-15234Troy Jackson
Coach Total2678412 yrs   .761
2015-164AR254Tai Streets
2016-174AR236Tai Streets
2019-204ARTai Streets
Coach Total48102 yrs   .828
School Total W/L %175070197 yrs   .714

Activities

Thornton Township High School is known for its award-winning speech team. The following groups advanced to the State Finals competition, sponsored by the IHSA, and were crowned champions. [20]

Notable alumni

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